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Government

  • Courthouses to close, court services to shut down statewide Aug. 6

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Courthouses will be closed statewide and all court services will be unavailable Monday, Aug. 6, as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the first of three furlough days in 2012. This will be the first time since Kentucky's modern court system was formed in 1976 that the Judicial Branch must close courthouse doors to balance its budget.

  • Candidate filing deadline is Aug. 14

    A wide variety of offices - from city hall up to the White House - will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

    Local candidates who would like to run for seats in non-partisan races have until 4 p.m. Aug. 14 to file with the Marion County Clerk's Office. Write-in candidates have until Oct. 26 to file to run.

    The biggest race on the fall ballot will pit incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden again Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who has not yet named his running mate.

  • Fiscal court has revised its August meeting schedule

    Normally, the Marion County Fiscal Court meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. For the month of August, however, the fiscal court will be meeting on the second and fourth Thursday instead.

    Those meetings on Aug. 9 and 23 are considered special-called meeting because they are being held on a different date than the court's regularly scheduled meeting.

  • County approves industrial bond ordinance for Maker’s Mark Distillery

    During its July 19 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing bonds to be issued for the construction of new warehouses for Marker's Mark. The magistrates approved the ordinance, 4-1, with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.
    The ordinance allows $187 million in industrial bonds to be issued toward the construction of warehouses in Loretto as part of a Maker's Mark expansion.

  • Fiscal court to meet July 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the July 5 meeting

    - Presentation on employee disability insurance coverage (AFLAC)

    - Detention center policy revisions

    - Copier purchase proposal

    - Request from Marion County Historical Society for seating removal and storage

    - Second reading of the Maker's Mark bond ordinance

  • City council approves $4.5 loan consolidation for water company

    Lebanon Water Works is consolidating and refinancing loans of more than $4.5 million.

    On July 9, the Lebanon City Council unanimously authorized the Lebanon Water Company to consolidate and refinance a pair of loans. Councilwoman Denise Fogle served as mayor pro tem during the meeting as Mayor Gary Crenshaw was not present.

  • E911 efforts continue

    The efforts to bring E911 to Marion County are continuing, but full implementation is still a year or more away, according to local officials.

    "Hopefully within a year we can be there," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was a bit more cautious.

    "My guess is that we're 18 months to 24 months off," he said.

    Nevertheless, both think the county is moving closer to providing E911 service.

  • No burn ban for the county

    With the recent hot, dry weather, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has been getting several questions about a burn ban. He addressed the issue during the July 5 fiscal court meeting.

    He reminded the court that they declared a burn ban a few years ago, but shortly thereafter, he was contacted by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, which let him know that the county could not enforce a burn ban and that it was up to the Division of Forestry to issue a statewide ban.

  • Tourist commission, city council meet Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are both scheduled to meet Monday, July 9.

    The tourist commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    Items on the agenda include minutes of the June 11 meeting, the treasurer's report, the executive director's report and old business.

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at city hall.

    The city council agenda includes the following:

    - Minutes of previous meetings

  • Discussion of burn ban, fire risks on fiscal court agenda

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, July 5, in Room 201 of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes a discussion of fire dangers, a burn ban, fire risks and fireworks caution.

    Other items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the June 21 meeting

    - Approval of a Homeland Security grant

    - Review and possible approval of a county employee disability insurance coverage

    - First reading of a Maker's Mark Distillery project bond ordinance